February 14, 2019

KCAI’s Graphic Design Program Ranks in Nation’s Top 5%

KCAI’s stellar Graphic Design program has been named one of the best in the country and the top program in Missouri by Animation Career Review. The online magazine ranked KCAI in the top 5% of all graphic design programs in the U.S. and in the top 4% of Graphic Design programs offering a B.F.A.

KCAI’s Graphic Design major stands out because of its emphasis on a cross-media skill set, with a rigorous approach to audience research, theory and conceptual problem-solving. Students are exposed to professional practices, concepts and skills integral to building rewarding careers. They graduate as confident, creative design thinkers who can not only adapt to change but also influence it

The full-time faculty, all practicing artists and designers, are key to the department’s success. “The faculty understands that we need to equip our students for their future career, not just mimic what’s happening now, as they may be practicing design beyond the year 2060,” says Department Chair and Associate Professor Tyler Galloway.

Galloway and Assistant Professors Lisa Maione and Adam Lucas bring a myriad of professional knowledge to the college including time working at national magazines and art directing at Wieden+Kennedy. They lead the students through collaborative community projects like the designing of posters for the Folly Theater jazz series, which gives students professional experience in presenting to clients and a chance to have their posters displayed outside the theater in downtown Kansas City.

The professional and educational value of the Folly collaboration is far-reaching, but according to Galloway, the project has an even bigger meaning.  “It’s so important for students to interact with other arts organizations like the Folly. Part of what we are teaching our students is the power of giving back and the importance of being civically engaged,” he said.

Learn more about the rankings here.

November 13, 2019

Sculpture Chair Jill Downen Selected to Exhibit at Crystal Bridges

The Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced that Sculpture Clair Jill Downen (’89 Painting) has been selected as one of 60 artists for State of the Art 2020. As part of opening the new contemporary art space, the Momentary, the exhibition will be on view at the Momentary and Crystal Bridges from February 22 through May 24, 2020, free for all visitors. More than 100 artworks will be featured in State of the Art 2020— most created in the last three years. At both the Momentary and Crystal Bridges, artwork will include paintings, sculpture, photography, video, performance and mixed media. Downen’s art envisions a symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, destruction, and restoration emerge as thematic possibilities. The work that will be exhibited, Three Dimensional Sketchbook, is a cabinet of drawers that viewers may open to view a range of material sketches. Each drawer features a label and keyword which poetically corresponds to its contents. With the opening of each drawer, the artwork reveals a visual-spatial language in miniature scale. “The opportunity to exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is meaningful in that I can read more…

November 12, 2019

Shop for Art Made By Students at the End-of-Semester Sale

One Weekend. Thirteen Exhibitions. Take home original artwork made by KCAI’s talented students at the End of Semester Exhibition and Sale. Browse all the studios on our 16-acre campus to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and take in the amazing work on display. Make sure to visit each studio including Animation, Beals Studio, Ceramics, Fiber, Filmmaking, Foundation, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Graphic Design, and Sculpture. All proceeds benefit individual artists and designers. You can start shopping at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec.6, but in some cases, the artwork will stay on display until Sunday when it must be picked up. For a map of KCAI, located at 4415 Warwick in Kansas City, Mo., visit http://kcai.edu/campus-life/campus/. Don’t miss the End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale at KCAI from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.